Grantham court: Fight after night of drinking vodka

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A 54-year-old admitted to assault by beating after fighting with his girlfriend who was upset that he hadn’t stood up for her.

Zbigniew Ebert of George Street, Grantham, pleaded guilty to one charge of assault by beating for which he was arrested on August 13.

Prosecutor Mark Major described how on the evening before Ebert and his partner had gone to their friends’ home to get help translating some documents.

During the course of the evening two bottles of vodka were shared between the four people, and Ebert’s girlfriend became upset when a piece of gossip about her came up in conversation.

Mr Major told the court: “She wasn’t happy with the defendant failing to pay attention or stand up for her.”

On their return home the two began arguing, with Ebert calling his partner a ‘bitch’, ‘psycho slut’ and ‘whore’.

It then turned into a physical fight, with both pushing each other and the defendant using both hands to push his girlfriend by the shoulders.

Despite her running into another room, the defendant then followed her and a blow to the face caused her to fall to the floor.

The brawl continued with the woman throwing a clock at Ebert, and saying she would call the police.

Ebert then left taking cigarettes and car keys with him, and she was concerned that he would drink drive.

Going outside she saw the defendant sitting in the car, and at that point decided to call the police.

Mr Major added that following the incident she had pain to the back of her head and to the middle finger of her left hand.

Representing himself, Ebert said through a translator that he did not provoke the argument, and while he accepted that he caused injuries he said that he did not hit her with his fist. He expressed regret that it had happened.

Magistrates sentenced Ebert to a community order lasting 12 months, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.